Don’t ruin your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy already! Pig out on these treats at kickoff this year and you won’t have to worry about breaking the calorie-bank.It’s the time of year again…Super Bowl XLVIII is officially upon us (this weekend). It’s especially exciting for us here in NYC because even though neither the Jets nor the Giants made a run for it this year, the big game will be held in the Meadowlands, stomping grounds for both of our beloved home teams! Oh, and did we mention that there will be a Full House reunion during the commercials?! Yeah, we LOVE the Super Bowl.
One aspect of the big game that we’re not so excited about? The outrageous food spreads that are sure to be happening from coast-to-coast, dashing all dreams of a successful New Year of healthy eating just ONE measly month into 2014! Luckily, bloggers everywhere have realized this problem and dreamt up tons of totally tasty ways to avoid the calorie-killer recipes, without sacrificing an ounce of flavor or satisfaction.
Guacamole Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes via Kokocooks
Tomatoes are just so much healthier than chips. Plus, this snack is a perfect way to exert portion control over guac, because while it is a healthy snack, that stuff can get fattening fast. Cherry tomatoes still give you a bit of that satisfying crunch!
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip via Gimme Some Oven
It’s not like you’re not going to have buffalo chicken dip at your Super Bowl bash…but this healthier version should suit even the pickiest of buffa-lovers. Using reduced fat cream cheese and substituting Greek yogurt too makes this dish infinitely lighter than the classic. For an extra health-kick, try serving with celery sticks!
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Buttermilk Sauce via Katie’s Cocina
Baked, not fried! Veggie filled egg rolls get an instant health-upgrade when prepared in the oven. All of the spices included in this recipe will make sure they’re packed with flavor—not to mention the addition of a mouth-wateringly delicious dipping sauce. Our motto stands that no spread can ever have too many avocado-infused dishes, ever.
Deviled Eggs via Full Thyme Student
These adorable eggies will add a little flair to your app spread. This will be the easiest dish you make, and probably the most festive, too—perfect to display in the center of your table! Eggs are a protein-packed snack to keep you energized well beyond the halftime show.
Turkey Chili via Spa Week Daily
We shared this recipe with you a couple of weeks ago and it’s absolutely perfect to dole out on Super Bowl Sunday. This is one main course that will have your crowd cheering for more on the sidelines. Pro tip: Make sure you double it—this is going to go fast!
Peanut Butter and Pretzel Dip via Happier than a Pig in Mud
You’re going to need to splurge a little bit this weekend! After all, it is the Super Bowl and it only comes once a year. This dip has some healthy aspects, as the base is made mainly of good-in-moderation peanut butter, and you can eat it with pretzels!
What healthy recipes will be gracing your Super Bowl spread this year? Tell us in the comments below!
Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.